Mint tea has a long history, it's origins can be traced back to Morrocco where it is still a customary drink prepared every day. Today, we recognise the many health benefits of drinking mint tea and it is one of the easiest herbs to grow!
How to grow water mint
Mint is a thirsty plant, making it an easy to grow plant for your pond, water garden or small container water garden.
It will grow in full sun and doesn't mind some afternoon shade. It will tell you if it is getting too much sun by the leaves drying out. A hardy plant that will grow quickly & supply you with mint for tea and cooking all year round.
The best way to keep the growth compact and under control is to harvest your mint leaves on a regular basis. If your plant grows too 'leggy', we recommend pruning back. Mint will flower in summer & when it has finished flowering it responds well to a prune.
Best varieties of mint to grow for tea
Fine leaf water mint - a traditional tasting tea
Chocolate water mint - a subtle chocolate overtone
Vietnamese water mint -a spicey Asian style tea
How to prepare mint tea
The best way of preparing mint tea is easy, follow these steps for a delicious cuppa!
- Pick fresh leaves (as many as you like)
- add to your infuser or teapot (you can cut the leaves to release more of the oils and flavours)
- Add water that has reached 90 degrees.
- Steep for no more than 6-7 minutes, any longer can taste bitter.
- Pour into your favourite cup
- Sweeten with honey or sweetener of your choice and enjoy!
Health benefits of drinking mint tea
Mint tea has been considered to be a natural remedy that can improve some conditions. It is caffeine free, can be used fresh or dried. The menthol and carvone compounds are responsible for the majority of health benefits. It is said to assist with:
- Soothing coughs and respiratory conditions
- Ease the symptoms of travel sickness and nausea
- Colds and flu - the menthol from mint can help clear nasal congestion
- Relieving digestive issues associated with gas, bloating, diarrhoea, IBS and indigestion
- Reducing headache and anxiety
Water mint is a good source of vitamin C when served fresh. It also contains vitamin A. We love the versatility of this nutritious herb and believe that it is worthy of a place in your pond or water garden.
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